On behalf of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the West Virginia Economic Development Council and The Stick Company, we thank everyone who sponsored, exhibited and attended the first West Virginia Energy Expo. Formerly the WV Oil and Gas Expo, this year's event was the first to combine all energy formats in the state into a single day business to business tradeshow featuring nearly 200 exhibitors.
As one of the country's top five energy producing states, West Virginia has enormous potential to be a huge part of the growth and development of domestic energy. This event will continue to help participants understand how best to prepare their business for the bright future ahead. We would like to thank our founding sponsors for their continued support. We would also like to acknowledge two individuals who were instrumental in the founding of this event from the start. The late Nicholas "Corky" DeMarco of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and the late Brian F. Thomas of Clear Mountain Bank. Sadly, the world lost two great individuals as both Corky and Brian passed away 2016. Our thoughts remain with their families and organizations.
Thanks to their efforts, and the efforts of countless others, the 2017 Energy Expo was able to develop and transition to help reach a broader audience and more statewide audience. We look forward to continuing to enhance and grow the event moving forward. We have set the date for the 2018 WV Energy Expo on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. We hope you can join us.
- Damian M. Ferek Founder, WV Energy Expo President, The Stick Co.